Mel's Shopping Diary
Answering Reader QuestionsMay 02, 2007
I feel sooo guilty about my reader mail. I have been so late on my correspondence lately. But please know I READ every one of your emails, and I am still holding on to wanting to respond PERSONALLY to each one, so it just takes a while for me to get back to you.
But here's what you guys want to know...
WHEN IS MASQUERADE OUT? It's out NOW! Yippee! Kirkus called it "a tasty and alluring sequel for the vampire-sex-and-fashion set". And readers who pre-ordered it seem to like it too. I re-read it last night because I'm gearing up to write REVELATIONS right now and I have to say, it's a fun, fun read. I forgot all the twists and turns that I even riveted myself. Heh Heh. I'm told REVELATIONS is scheduled for Fall 2008.
WHEN IS CRAZY HOT OUT? It's out NOW! Yippee! It's the fourth book in the Au Pairs series, and there's tons of fun stuff in it: Jacqui meets a sexy Aussie photog, Jeremy gives Eliza a "Holly-rock" (major bling, minor commitment?), and Mara has a hot new boyfriend, but does she still have the hots for the old one (ie Ryan Perry?) Find out in CRAZY HOT! Will there be a new Au Pairs book? I'm not sure! Stay tuned. It's never up to me. It's always reader demand that decides whether the series will continue. So if you DEMAND it, I will write it.
And to those readers who asked, the Au Pairs series goes like this: Book One is Au Pairs, Book Two is Skinny Dipping, Book Three is Sun Kissed and Book Four is Crazy Hot.
I SAW A BOOK ON AMAZON CALLED ST. TROPEZ BY YOU. WHEN IS THIS COMING OUT? Not yet! St. Tropez is my first book in my new series called SOCIAL LIFE, which I believe debuts in Summer 2008.
WHEN IS YOUR BOOK THE ASHLEYS COMING OUT? Ashleys comes
out December 2007. I am still writing this book!!! It's about the four
coolest seventh-graders ever to wear designer saddleshoes.
You know what saddleshoes are? They are those white-and-black shoes that private school kids have to wear. Yes, I wore them. They were ugly. But you know what? Chanel and Louboutin now make high-heeled designer saddleshoes. They call them "spectators". They rock. And my girls rock them in the Ashleys.
ARE YOU WRITING A SEQUEL TO ANGELS ON SUNSET BOULEVARD? Yes! I don't know yet when this book will be published, but I am writing a sequel to it. The tentative title is ANGELS FLIGHT or ANGELS SONG. We'll see which one works better. It might have a completely different title by the time I'm done with it.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW? My tan. Ha. Seriously. I am overwhelmed with work. Don't even talk to me about work. There is too much of it. Plus my baby is still not sleeping thru the night. So can you say "sleepless zombie"??
I'M HAVING A PARTY! For CRAZY HOT - IF you are in the O.C. area, come by the Calabasas Commons - at the M. Fredric store on May 9th from 6-8 pm. We'll have raffles, goodie-bags, a popcorn machine, a frozen & fruity drink machine, a DJ, and I'll be chatting and signing books!
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN BUYING? Lots. I'm re-writing some really important shopping scenes in the Ashleys and I of course had to go shopping with my BFF Jennie (we've been BFFs since college) so that I could have some fun material to work with. Everytime I am with Jennie I feel like I am eighteeen again, atlho truly, we regress to two 14 year olds, which is about right since that's my EMOTIONAL age.
One of the fun things we did was Jennie and I bought the same Michael Stars hoodie ($74) and she really wanted me to buy the same wedges as she did, but I am scared of wearing platforms now because I need to hold the baby and I'm scared of tripping in my heels while I'm holding her. Jennie and I always used to buy the same shoes. Same shoes=the sign of true friendship.
When we were in college, during one Spring Break that I spent with her in B'more, we bought these ass-kiccking cowboy booties together (they came back briefly a few years ago). They were so hot. And $14 each. From JORDACHE! We also peeled off the label together and vowed never to reveal where they came from. So when people would ask us where we got them, we would say "Kenneth Cole" or "Bloomingdales" because we were embarassed of their provenance! So funny. I have owned tons of shoes in my life, some in the four-figure range (those rhinestone Manolos are expensive!), and nothing warms my heart as much as the memory of those $14 Jordache "booties".
And now, I must go back to my regulary scheduled writing...